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Iowa State Fair earns international honors

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 9:52 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 9:54 a.m. CST

DES MOINES — The Iowa State Fair brought home numerous honors in the International Association of Fairs and Expositions agricultural, competitive exhibit and communication competitions, presented earlier this month at the 123rd annual IAFE Convention in Las Vegas.

In Agricultural Awards competition, the fair collected two top honors, including Overall Program for Competitive Agricultural Exhibitors and Agriculture Photo. The fair collected three top finishes in the Competitive Exhibit Awards competition, including honors for Participatory Contest, General Display Photo and General Display Photo Series.

In the Communication Awards category, the fair earned five first-place honors recognizing its newspaper and magazine advertising, television commercial, electronic newsletter and website.

In addition to the 10 first-place awards, the fair also earned two second-place and three third-place honors for fairs with attendance of one million or more.

There are a total of 13 Agriculture, eight Competitive Exhibit and 19 Communication Award categories, each divided into five divisions based on attendance. The entries are evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders selected from the membership of IAFE.